Joint statement on the announcement of a possible annexation of areas in the West Bank

epa07816601 An Israeli flag flutters near the Ibrahimi mosque, also known as the cave of patriarchs, in the West Bank city of Hebron, 04 September 2019. According to reports, Israeli forces intensified security measures in the Old City of Hebron ahead of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's planned visit. Netanyahu is expected to deliver a speech in Hebron on the 90th anniversary of killing 67 Jews in the city, becoming the first Israeli premier to deliver such an address and the first to visit since Ariel Sharon in 2002. EPA-EFE/ABED AL HASHLAMOUN

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France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom have issued a joint statement on the recent declaration by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on the possible annexation of areas in the West Bank. The statement is as follows:

 

France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom are deeply concerned about the announcement of a possible annexation of areas in the West Bank, particularly the Jordan valley and the northern shore of the Dead Sea.

This would, if implemented, constitute a serious breach of international law. France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom will continue to call on all parties to refrain from actions in contravention of international law which would imperil the viability of a two-state solution, based on the 1967 lines, and make it harder to achieve a just and lasting peace.

We are clear about Israel’s right to security and strongly condemn recent attacks on Israel from Gaza.

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